Legislative Counsel Opines on Executive Authority to Implement New Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Beyond 2020

Friday, April 22, 2016

The nonpartisan Legislative Counsel has released a 10-page opinion responding to questions relating to the authority of the Governor and the California Air Resource Board regarding the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

To read more about the 10 page opinion, please click here (pdf).


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